2016 ELECTION RECOVERY

This is a proposed agenda for moving forward as 1) a party, 2) an advocacy organisation and 3) a group of like minded Americans in Singapore  

1) Party:

Short term - GOTV in the Lousiana run off election.  Voting in this is a bit tricky (it's taken me the last 2 days to figure it all out - ping me if you want an explanation) and will require volunteer-to-voter support in some instances.  We have a team who will phone all our LA voters across the world and the 24/7 Help Desk is open.  We are encouraging donations to Foster Campbell's campaign for the LA senate seat.

Medium term - Electing new leaders for the Democratic National Committee, Democrats Abroad (globally) and at our local Singapore level.  We need committed leadership ready to re-build our organisation structurally and, if you will, spiritually.

Long term - Driving, driving, driving voter turnout for the 2018 mid term elections and building awareness of down-ballot races (again, party re-building) so that Democrats control more state legislatures and governorships when the electoral district maps are re-drawn following the 2020 census.  We cannot emphasise enough the importance of re-drawing Congressional boundaries.  Over the next 2 years we need to expand our volunteer teams, expand our member/voter lists, expand our brand.  All this takes committed leadership at the chapter and country committee levels. 

2) Advocacy:

Short term - reach out to Democrats in Singapore and encourage them to follow us on social media.  On social media we need to connect them to important news, provide inspiration/hope/humour and connect them to the Democratic party agenda that provides opportunity for all.

Medium term - As part of the Inauguration Week of Action Abroad, join other Democrats Abroad groups in a letter-writing campaign.  Templates and models will be developed at the global level and shared with groups that gather to write letter to in-coming Congress members on topics of deep concern to the individual (eg environmental protection, civil liberties, labor rights, immigration reform, trade policy, civil discourse, voting rights, energy policy, electoral reform, NATO, the US military, etc).  Letters, preferably hand-written, will be mailed on behalf of members.  (DALCC may need a small fundraiser to pay for stamps, paper, envelopes.)

If the RNC makes good on its promise to repeal FATCA and CBT (they were in the RNC platform but were never discussed by Trump during the campaign; they are not Trump commitments) then a big part of our tax reform agenda will disappear.  But it also may not.  We still have issues related to voting rights, freedom of movement, access to SS and Medicare and other to address.  There will be a DA global meeting in Washington DC in either February or March that will feature a Congressional door knock.  All members of DA are welcome to attend the global meeting and the door knock.  

3) A Group of Like-Minded Americans:

Short term - we need to be together to vent and grieve and mourn.  Wine may help.  And then we need to build each other back up for the work ahead.  

Volunteering:  We are building a list (thank you, Crystal!) of local organisations that DALCC members might want to volunteer for. 

Donating:  We are building a list of organisations that support vulnerable people if people are interested in giving.  (eg, the ACLU, Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood.)   

The Safety Pin for Solidarity project is going on in some Democrats Abroad CCs, especially where members are looking for a way to explain the election to their children.  The Safety Pin is a symbol that people are wearing in America that signals they will stand by and publicly support and defend persons vilified in the Trump campaign (people of colour, Jews, Muslims, Mexicans, LGBT Americans, people with disabilities, women).  In some places (London, Paris, Prague, Madrid) they are having gatherings for children to decorate the safety pins and to reflect on the importance of being civil to each other.

Medium term - As part of the Inauguration Week of Action Abroad, join other Democrats Abroad groups who are joining the Million Women (and Friends ) March by having marches or vigils abroad.  Advise the Embassy.  Secure local government approval if necessary, Round up a few speakers.  We may be unable to do anything of this sort publicly in Singapore.  It may need to be a private gathering instead.

Long term - DALCC can host gatherings to watch films (political documentaries and docudramas), celebrate US holidays or watch political events (State of the Union, etc), connect Dems in SGP to events at the LKY school or elsewhere and build a community around our political organising.

All this depends upon the interest, energy and engagement of our Leaders and members.  Onward!